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It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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The 2014 CAP: European Parliament still waiting for a budget
to complete reform

by Frédéric Hénin,


The European Parliament project to reform the CAP stands on budget that is at least equivalent to that set in 2003. Otherwise, it will ask the European Commission to go back to the drawing board.

The multiannual budget to finance the 2014-2020 CAP to be passed in the coming weeks does not seek to increase farmers’ incomes––as it did in the 1960 to 1980 years––but primarily seeks to preserve a network of farmers earning a decent living from their work to meet the world food challenge at the European level.

In times of stress in agricultural markets, the first priority is the need to have agricultural activities that are productive, competitive and sustainable for 28 nations, since Croatia will become a member of the EU next year. Consequently, the heads of governments of the 27 nations must realize that the European Union can no longer settle for a status of global economic power to achieve the food security for its 500 million people by importing agricultural products rather than harvesting them.

This October, the members of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament are following this rationale in Brussels. The reform, worked out and amended from the European Commission’s legislative proposal that was forwarded to them in October 2011, is indeed continuing in this direction. The condition is though that governments, on November 22 and 23, present a budget that is at least equivalent to the current one, which, in other words, means accepting a 10 percent decline in real terms.

Otherwise, the European Commission will have to rework its project, since it was not designed for government heads to cut its budget by 20 to 30 percent for the coming six years. In fact, this position was outlined in a parliamentary report on the CAP as early as 2011. It is fully consistent with the new regulatory framework defined by the Lisbon Treaty, which is based on the co-decision by the Parliament and the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the 27 member nations.

High expectations for November 22 and 23, 2012

Six weeks before the next council of government heads, no figures are available. Yet, the budget decisions to be taken in November will specify not only the contributions of each member state, but also the Union’s own resources for the next six years (finance tax, VAT and import tariffs).

Should the heads of government reach an agreement in November, the European Parliament will consider an agreement with the Council of Agriculture Ministers and the European Commission in January 2013. That would allow for the preparation, as early as April 2013, of the various programs for the upcoming agricultural and rural development policy, followed by their endorsement by the European Commission during the summer, before their launch in early 2014.

On the other hand, the deadlines will not be met if heads of governments do not come to an agreement on the Union upcoming budget before January 2013, a situation that will inevitably lead to a postponement of the 2014 CAP.

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Paris, 21 June 2019